Book Reviews

From: Volume 12, Issue 1: Spring 2015, Research on Effective Pedagogy Pages 182-248


Answering your kids’ toughest questions. By Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House. 2014. 173 pp.
Review by Shelly Melia, Assistant Professor of Childhood Education, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX.

Children’s ministry in the way of Jesus. By David M. Csinos and Ivy Beckwith. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity. 2013. 208pp.
Review by Sharon Warkentin Short, Online Educator in Christian Formation and Ministry, Renton, WA.

The spiritual guidance of children: Montessori, godly play, and the future. By Jerome W. Berryman. Harrisburg, PA: Moorehouse Publishing. 2013. 212 pp.
Review by Colleen R. Derr, Associate Professor of Congregational Spiritual Formation and Christian Ministries, Wesley Seminary, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN.

Kingdom family: Re-envisioning God’s plan for marriage and family. By Trevecca Okholm. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books. 2012. 192 pp.
Review by Benjamin D. Espinoza, Covenant Church, Bowling Green, OH.

Exploring and engaging spirituality for today’s children: A holistic approach Edited by La Verne Tolbert. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock. 2014. 345 pp.
Review by Sara McReynolds, Research and Teaching Assistant Intern, Wesley Seminary, Marion, IN; undergraduate student at Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN.

Blur: A new paradigm for understanding youth culture. By Jeff Keuss. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2014. 198 pp.
Reviewed by Robert Drovdahl, School of Theology, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA.

Foundations for youth ministry: Theological engagement with teen life and culture. 2nd ed. By Dean Borgman. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. 2013. 297 pp.
Review by Darwin K. Glassford, Professor of Church Education and Director of MA Programs, Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, IN; Executive Pastor, Harderwyk Ministries, Holland, MI.

Hemorrhaging faith: Why and when Canadian young adults are leaving, staying and returning to church. By James Penner, Rachael Harder, Erika Anderson, Bruno Désorcy, and Rick Hiemstra. Richmond Hill, ON: Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. 2012. 139 pp.
Review by Kelvin F. Mutter, Associate Professor of Counseling and Spiritual Care, McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, ON.

Jesus centered youth ministry: Moving from Jesus-plus to Jesus-only. Rev. ed. By Rick Lawrence. Loveland, CO: Group. 2013. 236 pp.
Review by Jason Lanker, Assistant Professor of Youth Ministries, John Brown University, Siloam Spring, AR.

Shield of faith: The power of religion in the lives of LDS youth and young adults. By Bruce A. Chadwick, Brent L. Top, and Richard J. McClendon. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center. 2010. 367 pp.
Review by Darwin K. Glassford, Professor of Church Education, Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI; Executive Pastor, Harderwyk Ministries, Holland, MI.

Fostering faith: Teaching and learning in the Christian church. By Denise Janssen with Diane Janssen Hemmen and Sallie Verner. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press. 2014. 115 pp.
Review by David Strawn, Minister of Education, First Baptist Church, College Station, TX; Resident Fellow in Christian Education, B.H. Carroll Theological Institute, Arlington, TX.

Teaching for a culturally diverse and racially just world. Edited by Eleazar S. Fernandez. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books 2014. 280 pp.
Review by William Yoo, Assistant Professor of American Religious and Cultural History, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA.

Flourish: A visionary new understanding of happiness and well-being. By Martin E. P. Seligman. New York, NY: Atria. 2011. 349 pp.
Review by Judy L. Glanz, Educational Ministries, Multnomah University, Portland, OR.

A boy grows in Brooklyn: An educational and spiritual memoir. By Robert W. Pazmiño. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock. 2014. 134 pp.
Review by Rob O’Lynn, School of Bible and Ministry, Kentucky Christian University, Grayson, KY.

Christian spiritual formation: An integrated approach for personal and relational wholeness. By Diane J. Chandler. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic. 2014. 363 pp.
Review by Lisa Milligan Long, Christian Ministries, Lee University, Cleveland, TN.

Becoming whole and holy: An integrative conversation about Christian formation. By Jeannine K. Brown, Carla M. Dahl, and Wyndy Corbin Reuschling. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker. 2011. 214 pp.
Review by Benjamin D. Espinoza, Director of Youth and Community Life, Covenant Church, Bowling Green, OH.

Formation in faith: The congregational ministry of making disciples. By Sondra H. Matthaei. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press. 2008. 132 pp.

Review by Kirstin Phillips, MDiv Student, Wesley Seminary, Marion, IN.

Gospel coach: Shepherding leaders to glorify God. By Scott Thomas and Tom Wood. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2012. 240 pp.
Review by Neal Ledbetter, Director of Campus Life, University of Mobile, Mobile, AL; PhD student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY.

Engaging resistance: How ordinary people successfully champion change. By Aaron D. Anderson. Stanford, CA: Stanford Business Books. 2011. 202 pp.
Review by Paul Wright, Rector, Instituto Bíblico Evangélico Mendoza, República Argentina.



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